Brooks: Zherdev Asked To Come Back & Kessel

Wild Rangers HockeyBuried at the bottom of Larry Brooks column today, are two very noteworthy nuggets.

The first involve enigmatic Nikolai Zherdev:

The Post has learned that the agent for Nikolai Zherdev, who rejected the Rangers’ $3.25 million qualifier and then became a free agent when the team walked away from his $3.9 million arbitration award, called the club this week offering to return for $3.25 million. The offer was refused.

….The look on my face when I read that is pure shock. First, Zherdev doesn’t really have a spot anymore with the moves the Rangers made to replace him, but for him to grovel back and come back for money he could signed for long ago, just shows the market for him. Atlanta is said to be interested, but with every day that passes, the KHL seems like more of an option.

The second nugget, is one that I have been saying for a while, but Brooks basically confirms:

Widespread reports that the Blueshirts are engaged in active bidding for Boston’s Phil Kessel are inaccurate.

…The keyword their is active. There is no doubt that the Rangers at least tried for Kessel around the draft time, but as of now the Rangers roster has taken shape and unless Boston accepts Wade Redden and a “B” level prospect, he won’t be a Ranger.

Last night, reports came out that Toronto may offer two first round picks and a second for Kessel.